Monday, February 25, 2013

One of Those Days

I am having one of those days.  You know, you want to sew, you have the time to sew, but you sit at the machine and don't feel like sewing at all.  I cleaned the kitchen, did the laundry...still nothing.  So here I am, writing a blog post instead.  It won't make me feel like sewing either, but I do have a few things to show you, so at least there is that.  Here we go...

 I finished J's quilt and got it all washed and crinkly.  I love the way this quilt turned out.  I bought a fat quarter bundle from Fabricworm and then went back and bought another 1/2 yard of the airplane fabric.  My husband helped me figure out the arrangement.  I kind of had an idea, but he helped me to see how it would work.  He's good like that.
 All the fabrics you see on the front are from the bundle.  The only fabrics I purchased were the green for the back and the binding, which came from a recent addition to my stash.
 I used almost every single scrap of that fabric on the back.  I wanted nothing left over in the end.
 Here is a good shot of the quilting shown on the back of the quilt.  This again was my hubby's idea.  The cool thing about it is that it makes the airplanes look like they are flying loop-de-loops.
                            You can kind of see what I mean right here.
And here is the grey print border.  All in all I am pretty happy with this.  Hope J likes it too.

The other thing I want to show you is my tidied up fabric stash.  I stumbled on Jeni Baker's tutorial for fabric folding here and went at it.  I wish I had taken a before picture to show you the mess it was.

 I started folding late yesterday afternoon and quickly buried my sewing machine here.
 I got back on it this morning and finished folding everything that was on the shelves willy nilly and even some other pieces that were lying around.
 These are the bins where I keep lots of older fabrics and odd sized or shaped larger scraps.  I can't quite figure out a better way to organize these.  They are pretty much sorted by color.  This was my first sorting system I ever had.
 These are my scrap bins full of smaller scraps, sorted by color.  Even into my second year with the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee I have scarcely put a dent in them.  I keep thinking I will use more of them, but they never seem to go down in quantity.
And here is my newly tidied shelf full of folded fabrics.  The top shelf is fat quarters, quarter yards and half yards.  The next shelf is full yards and a few one yard plus cuts. On the left side of the shelf is 2 or more yards, which were either a great sale or bought for backing potential. What you don't see is that all those stacks on both shelves are two deep.  Eek! That's a lot of fabric!
Hope you have a great week.  See you soon.


  1. I have a full length dresser full of fabric so you are in good company. great job on the organization of those fabrics -- I am going to be checking out that fabric folding link. I have recently started using more of my scraps up in a paper pieced project and now a block of the week project but those scraps are like rabbits and just never seem to go down -- unless it's a color you are needing then there isn't enough variety (my current problem with the neutrals). I keep all the scraps in an under the bed storage bin designed for shoes so that they can be separated by color but at times it is a lot to pull out for only one thing.

  2. My son would love this quilt!! Very nice! I like the pattern... Looks simple but very nice ;)

  3. Okay first of all, the quilt is awesome! J will love it. :) Also, the organized fabric makes my OCD all tingly. Oh happy day. :)

  4. Great quilt Charlotte, the loop the loop quilting is just lovely.

    How organised you are now too!


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